Lowey Announces $4.8 Million Grant for Yonkers Fire Department

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Yonkers Fire Department_patch Federal Grant to Support Re-Hiring 17 Laid Off Firefighters

Washington, DC, 26 January 2011 — Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) yesterday announced the Yonkers Fire Department has been awarded a $4,846,034 federal grant to re-hire 17 firefighters who had been laid off due to budget shortfalls. 

“I am thrilled the Yonkers Fire Department will benefit from this federal grant, which will help ensure we have the personnel necessary to keep our community safe,” said Lowey.  

“It is particularly important that this federal grant has come through at a time of high unemployment, because it will directly create jobs in our community.” Lowey is the sole New Yorker on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.  She wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in September 2010 in support of Yonkers’ grant application. 

The Yonkers Fire Department applied for these funds to re-hire 17 firefighters who were previously laid off due to budget shortfalls. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program (SAFER)is a funding initiative designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness.  

The goal of any SAFER grant is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.  The objective of the program is to award grants directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters, and to rehire firefighters who were laid-off due to the economy. 

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  1. Botton Line is this. Lowey has always had a tight relationship with YFD’s Fitzpatrick. When it comes to MONEY, she alwasys comes up with the CASH for the Fat Man.

  2. No we just need them all to work harder. Simple really, just like in every corporation. Except they (public workers) have got so used to doing very little while getting paid a lot. As Bob Dylan once said the times they are a changing.

  3. This really made sense-
    Less fires in the city every year but yet more shootings/stabbings in the city along with numerous under-reported larcenies.
    It clear folks, we need more police than firemen.
    Can things get any sillier?

  4. When Amicone slammed Lowey for not getting $$$ for Yonkers, he was doing the best for Yonkers.
    When Lowey steers money to Yonkers, she is doing the wrong thing.
    At least Republicans are consistent. They are always self-contradicting.

  5. You have to love this. A Tort lawyer giving financial advice. For those of you who don’t know what a tort lawyer is, they are the lawyers that represent people when they hurt their pinky, or sprain their ankle etc.. and try and get them millions in restitution. They have caused our insurance premiums to sky rocket and have chased many medical professionals to other venues. Many of their cases are at the expense of the taxpayer. They are the scurge of the legal society. When you can’t succeed in real law you become a tort lawyer. So thanks for the advice counselor, now go crawl back under your rock.

  6. What happens when the grant money dries up? The taxpayers get stuck picking up the tab for bloated salaries and perks.
    Time for this gonif to retire.

  7. My error in posting the YPD patch. because of your taking the time to advise me,which I sincerely appreciate, I have made the correction to using a YFD patch. Thanks.

  8. What is she going to do for the other 9% of the worforce that is still unemployed? What is going to happen to them when the mayor announces his further layoffs in April?

  9. This is quintessentially what is wrong with politics. Amicone, rightfully tries to implement a slither of fiscal responsibility into one of Yonkers black holes, the YFD. Interestingly he didn’t have the balls to do it elsewhere. And wouldn’t you know it in comes this trollop to undo what needs to be done, trimming the FAT.
    This is nothing more than partisan politics and done for the Mayoral election. Disgraceful. Is this part of Obuma’s freezing of the federal government over the next 5 years, if so he’s off to a good start.
    A complete independent audit of every city department is required. Just one question Nita, will they still be sending 10 fire trucks to every single car accident?

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